Boulder Montessori School (BMS) was founded by parents in 1973 in a one-room church classroom. As the school’s reputation and enrollment grew, four parents generously financed a loan to Boulder Montessori School in 1977 to acquire land and build a new school at its current location. This enabled Boulder Montessori School to offer a full-day preschool program and accommodate rising enrollment.
In 1982, when parents expressed an interest in opening a toddler program at the school, a new wing of the school was added along with trained toddler teachers and assistants. This became the first Montessori toddler program in Boulder, and it drew observers from around the region and nationally to learn more about the school’s pioneering model for full-day toddler and preschool programming.
In 2001, BMS continued to respond to the needs of parents by adding new scheduling options including late afternoon to early evening programming. Over the next two years as the school expanded, the kitchen and playground were remodeled to better serve the growing number of students, and a third preschool classroom with larger adjoining activity room were constructed.
In 2006, Boulder Montessori School earned two highly respected national accreditations representing standards of excellence from the American Montessori Society (AMS) and from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Longtime Montessori mentor and administrator, Karen Olsen, helped forge the school and its success from 1977 until her passing in 2011. Today, Boulder Montessori School is led by Head of School Amy Condon and a Board of Directors of parents and staff. It is the second-longest continuously operated Montessori school in Boulder and is home to nearly 100 children.